Top New Gear for 2019
The following is a lineup of great hunting gear for Western Hunters that will be made available in 2019.
Sig Sauer | KILO 3000
With the advent of its BDX system, SIG Sauer has revolutionized the long-distance shooting world, and now users can have multiple capabilities in one do-it-all platform with the launch of the SIG Sauer Kilo3000BDX laser rangefinding binoculars. Equipped with the company’s Applied Ballistics Ultralight calculator, the SIG Sauer Kilo3000BDX laser rangefinding binoculars can be used to scan the field for game or targets. Once a target is found, simply use the built-in rangefinding capabilities to find exact distance to the target. When the binos are paired with a compatible Sierra3BDX optic, the system calculates a shooting solution that appears as a bright holdover point in the optic’s reticle.
Sitka Gear | Fanatic Jacket
The newly redesigned Fanatic Jacket takes the quest for silence to the next level by cutting the audible engagement distance with a deer in half. An enhanced high-loft Berber fleece face silences the new and ultra-quiet GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ with WINDSTOPPER® Technology, which is packaged with PrimaLoft® Silver Hi-Loft Ultra insulation for the coldest days in the stand by providing 20% more warmth than the prior model. A new body-mapped construction is designed to optimize the archery draw cycle for bow string clearance on the left arm along with reduced bulk in the draw arm to keep you quiet and your arrow flight true. The Constant-Connect SITKA® Safety Harness Port simplifies donning and doffing the jacket while secured to a torso- mounted harness tether, eliminating the need to disconnect from your harness when adding or subtracting layers. From top to bottom, the Fanatic Jacket is the whitetail hunter’s perfect tool for capitalizing on late-season conditions.
Mathews | Vertix
The 2019 VERTIX is the peak of versatility and performance. Switchweight modules allow you to change peak draw weight in 5 pound increments. Available in 60, 65, 70 and 75 pound peak weights, each set of mods are programmed for an incredibly smooth draw. The new Engage™ Grip interface was designed to ensure consistent hand placement, reducing torque and increasing accuracy. While more versatile than ever, silence and efficiency remain king, and with 20% less vibration than the TRIAX, the VERTIX delivers an experience that is both unexpected and unforgettable.
Christensen Arms | Traverse
New for 2019, the Traverse elevates our backcountry rifle offerings with time-honored styling and performance. The Monte Carlo carbon fiber composite gunstock gives it a classic feel, while the light target contour Christensen Arms carbon fiber wrapped barrel, stainless steel side-baffle brake, 0 MOA optic rail, and bottom Picatinny rail ensure state-of-the-art operation. The Traverse weighs in starting at 7.3 pounds and is backed by the Christensen Arms Sub-MOA Guarantee.
Danner | Thorofare
Danner is proud to introduce an entirely new boot that will take you even farther and higher in extreme conditions. Designed and built in our Portland, Ore. factory, the new Thorofare boot is constructed with the finest components for high altitudes, steep and varying inclines, and unstable ground. 100% waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX liners combine with a full-grain leather upper and a full rubber rand to offer a combination of comfort and protection. The easy pull lacing system uses ball bearings to quickly tighten all around the foot while the Vibram® Tsavo outsole provides superior traction in rugged, high-angled terrain. The Dynamic Response System (DRS) allows for a springboard return, even in cold environments, while the dual density midsole offers superior shock absorption and durability. Built on the DLE-01 last, the Thorofare boot was designed to be an extension of the foot with superior forefoot and heel capture for enhanced stability and comfort. Available Fall 2019.
Burris | Oracle
The Burris Oracle is undeniably innovative, but it’s based on tried and true technology Burris has developed over the years. The built-in rangefinder measures the exact distance to target, instantly calculates the perfect aim point and shows you the perfect aiming drop point. Extreme angles? The Oracle has a built-in inclinometer to keep your distance accurate. Always. The range button can be placed wherever it’s most comfortable for you. Real hunting happens in tough conditions. And Burris planned for it. The Oracle was designed with no glass lenses. So nothing impacts your vision to the shot.
G5 | Striker V2
The Striker V2 is a fixed, replaceable-blade broadhead with a cut-on-contact 100% stainless steel design. Like its predecessor, the Striker V2 features the scary-sharp Lutz blades that produce lethal hits and impressive blood trails. The blade retention system on the Striker V2 features a stronger hold, increasing the reliability of the head, while still keeping blade replacement extremely simple.
Eotech | Vudu 3.5-18x PRS
The Vudu 3.5-18x provides a robust 34 mm tube, XC High-Density glass, and is loaded with other performance features required to take that precise long-range shot. The oversized and precision-machined turrets, with EZ Chek zero stop feature, let you quickly dial adjustments and return to zero, even in low-light conditions. The side-mounted parallax adjustment allows you to dial the reticle focus in for the most difficult long-range shots.
Easton Archery | FMJ Taper 64
Arrow penetration is vital when it comes to successful big game hunting, yet without precise shot placement, maximizing penetration alone may not seal the deal. Now, Easton has a new answer for bowhunters with the T64 Full Metal Jacket—the tapered arrows that combine maximum killing power with the highest level of FOC accuracy. The T64 FMJ shaft profile begins at the front with a 6mm diameter that seamlessly tapers down to a micro-diameter 4mm at the nock end. The integrated front-of-center weight distribution adds up to 30% more FOC without adding point weight for the best in exacting long-range accuracy. For lethal big game results, the rear taper creates a reduced-friction path for maximum penetration. Couple these new improvements with FMJ’s track record of field-proven success, and the Easton T64 now sets the new arrow shaft benchmark for bow hunting big game.
Mystery Ranch | Beartooth 80
The new BEARTOOTH 80 pack is built for the hunter who values organization and varied access to the essentials. Built on our new Guide Light MT Frame™, this pack offers major load-hauling capability and features a quick-attach frame capture for easier Overload™ feature usage. The unique 270° “duffel-style” zipper opening offers easy access no matter how it’s packed – from the top, side, or bottom. Multiple pockets both outside and on the main opening’s inside flap keep all the essentials close at hand.
Wes White represents the collective — yet individual — voice of the Western Whitetail editorial staff.